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Oscar Nominated Kitbull: A Dog and a Cat Becoming Besties

One week ago this little film, Kitbull, was nominated for an Oscar for animated short. Kitbull didn’t win, but makes points about what all dogs deep inside are about (even dogs called pit bulls), and how a black cat (likely also an outcast) befriend one another. Pixar is known for its amazing CGI and technological…

King John Williams with Steve Dale on Pet Store Sales

With King John Williams on WGN Radio, Listen HERE as I talk about how Naperville, IL recently enacted a ban on pet store sales of dogs and cats. This is a big deal for several reasons, which I explain. King John asks, as a consumer, “Do you ever buy that doggy in the window?” John…

Elephant Karaoke

All week on the Today Show, there have been reports about the power of music.. . how music might help in medical recovery, how music soothes hospice patients and music kicks our endorphins to do a happy dance. Studies have shown that music can ease anxiety in dogs and cats. But what about Asian elephants?

Denver Mayor Vetos Rescinding Breed Ban

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, in his first veto as Mayor, chose to veto the measure that would have ended the city’s decades long ban on pit bull ownership. The Denver City Council passed a new code in a 7-4 marathon vote allowing owners to register their (presumed) pit bull with the Denver Animal Protection (DAP) and…

Illinois Could Ban Sales of Dogs/Cats at Pet Stores

Maryland, California and Maine do not allow pet stores to sell dogs/cat, and Illinois wants to be next. NO responsible breeder EVER sells to a pet store.  SB 3078, better known as the “The Illinois Humane Pet Store Bill,” prohibits the retail sales of puppies and kittens from commercial breeding facilities or “animal mills.” If…

Pets Are Paying a Price for the Whuhan Corona Virus, Though they Don’t Get Sick or Spread the Virus

Here’s the story not being talked about regarding the corona virus: Dogs and cats are paying an ultimate price, though there’s zero evidence they can get sick this new corona virus strain or act as a conduit to transmit the corona virus to people. Still people are abandoning their pets, letting them outdoors to fend…

World Small Animal Veterinary Association Addresses New Corona Virus

The  World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has prepared an advisory document offering guidance and a series of Frequently Asked Questions to help to communicate and distinguish fact from fiction and what is known to still unknown concerning the risk of infection with the new coronavirus (2019 n-CoV), following the outbreak in China and the…

Keeping Pets Safe in Cold Weather

Keeping pets safe in winter can be a challenge. Some dogs delight romping in the snow and appear as impervious to frigid temperatures as snow is to polar bears. Malamutes, Great Pyrenees, Huskies and many other large dogs seem friskier in weather that chills us to the bone. On the other paw, Toy Poodles and…

Pit Bull Breed Ban Repealed in Denver

For 30 years, it’s been illegal to own a pit bull in Denver, CO. But that breed ban will now change if Mayor Michael Hancock approves. The Denver City Council passed a new code in a 7-4 marathon vote allowing owners to register their (presumed) pit bull with the Denver Animal Protection (DAP) and get…

Uber Pet, Kind of a Rip Off

Taking pets on Uber (and Lyft) has mostly never been an issue, particularly for small dogs and cats (in carriers, of course).  Now, Uber created a program called Uber Pet. Sounds good, right? Well, it does guarantee your pet will get a ride. However, you now must now pay an extra fee. On their site,…

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